#2758 – Ayla

Status:   Adopted

Status: Adopted
Type: Sable and White
Age: 8 Years
Gender: Female
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Good with children: With her strong herding instinct she is not good around small children, although she does very well with a neighbor's 5-year-old daughter.
Good with other dogs: Yes, but she will herd small dogs
Good with cats: If they run, she will give chase
Housebroken: Yes
Foster Location: Mounds View, MN
Special needs: She has a fear of crates. She has done herding, agility, and visited nursing homes. She does enjoy the sound of her own voice!
Adoption requirements:
Available for adoption with an application & home visit. Don't hesitate to complete our adoption application form
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Description: Poor Ayla has learned the hard way that it is possible to do your job too well. You see collies are bred to be herding dogs and Ayla has always taken her heritage very seriously. She herds vacuum cleaners, she herds lawn mowers, she herds bicycles and she herds little dogs. This was no problem until a new family member moved into Ayla’s home and brought two small dogs. Ayla immediately jumped into action, doing her job with a vengeance. Unfortunately, the smaller dogs were intimidated, the family was disrupted and eventually it became obvious that Ayla needed to go to a home where her conscientious herding skills were better appreciated. Thus, she came to MWCR.

Since arriving at her foster home, Ayla has been the perfect house guest. She is housetrained, non-destructive and can be trusted alone in the house all day. She is frightened of being crated, but since she is such a good girl there is never any need to crate her. She knows the basic commands of “sit,” “down” and “off” and walks well on her leash unless she sees a bicycle that needs herding. She doesn’t enjoy grooming, but she tolerates it nicely and she rides well in the car. In short, she is very good collie girl.

Ayla loves people and is always excited to meet new friends. Her foster home doesn’t include children, but when a friend’s five year old daughter came to visit, Ayla loved her. She followed the little girl around and insisted on being next to her at all times. She also gets along well with the resident dogs. She hasn’t been exposed to cats at her foster home, but given her previous experience with small dogs, she might feel the need to herd any felines she encountered and should either be in a cat-free home or in one that includes dog-savvy cats.

When not in herding mode, Ayla is a very easy-going collie. She loves to spend time on the couch with her foster mom and when she is in a particularly relaxed and happy mood, she will lie on her back with her legs straight up in the air. She has a sweet, affectionate disposition and when she encounters something that she doesn’t like, she will raise one paw as if to say “Oh, please, not that.”

Ayla is looking for a family who will understand that sometimes she will be a slave to her genetic make-up. A vacuum cleaner or lawn mower will send her into a tizzy, and she will need to be confined when the lawn is being mowed or the room vacuumed. Bicycles present a similar problem, but with a little care it is possible to keep her out of situations that could create difficulty. In exchange, Ayla will reward her family with loyal and loving devotion. She will make some lucky family a sweet and gentle companion and will live happily as either an only dog or with other, low-key canines. Of course a family that also has a flock of unruly sheep would be an added bonus.